Bathtub Fingerpainting

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If your toddler loves to fingerpaint but you worry about the mess, here’s the perfect solution: Get messy exactly where you’re going to clean off afterwards!

To wit, I stripped Veronika down to her diaper and sat her in a dry bathtub, then squirted generous amounts of fingerpaint on the tub walls. I used blue, yellow and green, which meant we had the possibility of playing with all three separately, or watching the blue and yellow combine into a new green.

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Veronika was hesitant at first, but the colors soon proved irresistible. Once her hands were messy, she began making big smears on the walls. She loved making a big mess with it…


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…but also loved being more deliberate, dipping in one finger and then swirling color carefully on the tub or the tiles.

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Or admiring the way the colors looked on her fingers.

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It all looked like so much fun that big brother Travis jumped in to paint, too!

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When her masterpiece was complete, I pressed a piece of newspaper over the fingerpaint, allowing us to capture a memento of the project.

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Needless to say we made a huge mess.

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But we were exactly where we needed to be to rinse off…kids and tub both!

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